~ 149. Nasruddin and the Stray Goat ~

A stray goat wandered into Nasruddin's yard. Nasruddin killed the goat and told his wife to cook the meat in a stew.
The goat stew was delicious, but then Nasruddin felt guilty about what he had done and confessed to his wife.
"You have committed a sin!" she shouted, shaking her fist at her husband. "God will call you to account."
"Then I'll tell God I never saw the goat," said Nasruddin.
"God might resurrect the goat as a witness!" his wife replied.
Nasruddin smiled and said, "Then I'll grab the goat and give it back to its real owner."



Inspired byThe World of Nasrudin by Idries Shah, free to read online at the Idries Shah Foundation.
Notes: This is story #158 in the book. In Shah's version, Nasruddin confesses to a friend, but I changed that to his wife. Compared this story from India about a chicken: The Chicken in the Curry Sauce.


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